Pablo Hoffman passed along this Atlas Obscura compilation of images forwarded by readers of interesting or unusual coins and banknotes.
Here are some that caught my eye. -Editor
North Dumpling Island Currency
"Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway (and a zillion other things), bought an island off the coast of Connecticut. When local authorities
wouldn't let him build a wind turbine, he seceded from the United States. Part of that meant issuing his own money adorned with the faces of friends
and family. This is the only picture I could find on the web for the currency of North Dumpling Island."
Hong Kong One Cent Note
"Was in Hong Kong in the 1980's and got this tiny 1 cent bill in change at a store. Was worth far less than a penny. The dime is for size
comparison. Tattered after all these years, but a curiosity I always remembered."
Two Scruples Apothecary Weight
"Not exactly a coin per se, but I found this in my collection and couldn't identify it until the advent of the World Wide Web. It's
two scruples, an apothecary weight used in the days before electronic scales and prepackaged medicines. Pharmacists used a balance beam scale to
measure the appropriate amount of medicine to a customer. One would put the appropriate weights on one side and then pour the powdered drug on the
other until the balance was centered. Stamped in Philadelphia and New York, date unknown."
Do any of our readers collect apothecary weights? What are the standard references? -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Show Me the (Most Beautiful and Unusual) Money!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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